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Utah Eliminates Homelessness – What’s the Psychology?

Utah eliminates homeless by providing homes to the homeless. Since Utah is known for being ultra-conservative, what might be the psychology behind such a progressive policy?

Here’s the part of the conversation that’s really, really interesting, because now we get to psychology and motivation.

What led Utah to do this? Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation. It’s likely the fact, number one, that so man people in the state of Utah are Mormon. So, they all view them as in their inner group… It’s that, and the fact that they’re homogeneous…

You can say this with Social Security, too. When Social Security was expanded to actually include Black people… as soon as they did that… white people went from being 100% for it, and then it dropped 30 percentage points in white people supporting it.

— Secular Talk

I discovered this video about Utah’s homelessness solution at OK, Fine.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

5 Comments

  1. Robert A. Vella

    Accurate analysis, I think. Utah is about as demographically homogeneous as U.S. states can be.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for your input! (You are always so smart about things.) 🙂

      • Robert A. Vella

        Thanks, JoAnn. I’m probably just more experienced (old) than smart.

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